Web Development

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  • Posted on July 14, 2014

Start PHP Server using Context Menu - Windows

There is a reason why computers now have full Graphic User Interfaces (GUI’s) and no longer only have shells and terminals. But for some software, you still need to open up a terminal or command prompt to start the software. Or do you? Today we are going to look at adding a Context Menu item inside of Windows 8.1, but it will work in other versions of windows such as XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
  • Posted on June 29, 2014

Website Contact Form without PHP

A few days ago I ran across an interesting question about a person who didn’t want to use PHP or didn’t have access to PHP and still wanted a contact form on their website. First off, if you have PHP and don’t mind using it, I suggest just using PHP for your contact forms. But the method I came up with uses the mailto: URI scheme that almost every computer and phone knows.
  • Posted on June 23, 2014

Custom Style RSS Feed

Give your RSS Feed a new look with CSS. If you have a website that has RSS feeds for comments, posts, updates or anything else you need to have it styled. Leaving your RSS Feed plain will make it blend in with all the other sites and even in some browsers make it difficult for users to read your sites RSS feed. Also giving your RSS feed a style that matches your site will show to your visitors that it’s part of the same company.
  • Posted on June 22, 2014

Prevent Search Engines from Caching Content

At one point or another you will need to force a website or a webpage to not be in a search engines cache or want to make sure it doesn’t get cached. I’m going to show you how to prevent Google and a few other search engines and caching services from caching your website. Please note that having a cached version of your site is often a good thing since if your website is under heavy load or no longer loads, users can still see your content.
  • Posted on April 14, 2014

Easy PHP Scheduled Content

A lot of sites have some sort of scheduled / delayed content system to help stockpile posts so you don’t need to work every day or at the very least have to manually submit the posts when you want to. I’ve seen sites use cron jobs to handle this feature but the easiest way is to use your existing date column for the content. With most content tables, you will have a published date column so the user can see when the content was written or submitted.